Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

10 Supermarket Favourites We All Shopped at; TODAY IT'S ASDA, MORRISONS, SAISBURY'S AND TESCO, BUT DO YOU RECALL THESE STORES?

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

10 Supermarket Favourites We All Shopped at; TODAY IT'S ASDA, MORRISONS, SAISBURY'S AND TESCO, BUT DO YOU RECALL THESE STORES?

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Byline: NOSTALGIA DAVE MORTON recalls the people and places of the North East EMAIL: david.morton.editorial@ncjmedia.co.uk TELEPHONE: 0191

EEN down to your local supermarket lately? BIf you have there's a good chance it was one of the 'big four' - Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury's or Morrisons.

You can also throw into the mix old stalwarts like the Co-op and Iceland; relative newcomers such as Aldi and Lidl; and, at the top end of the supermarket food chain, Marks and Spencer, and Waitrose.

The history of supermarkets is characterised by takeovers, buy-outs and a changing retail landscape.

Take internet shopping. Which of us 20 years ago could have envisaged such a thing? Supermarket names have come and gone, but one of the region's claims to fame is that it is home to Marks and Spencer's Penny Bazzar.

Opened in 1895 in Newcastle's Grainger Market, it is the oldest Marks and Sparks in the country.

Meanwhile, in the late 19th and early 20th century every North East town or village had its own Co-op or "store", selling everything under the sun. The brand is still going strong, of course.

As for supermarkets - as we know them today - it was in the United States where the first selfservice stores opened in 1916. The concept arrived in the UK in 1950 with Sainsbury's opening a self-service outlet in Croydon.

Here in the North East, supermarkets began to open by the basketful in the early 1960s.

Let's take our trolleys down the shopping aisles of recent history and recall 10 of the region's favourite old stores. How many of them did you shop at? | |Presto: A big name on the High Street from the early 1960s to late 1980s. One of the UK's first Presto stores opened in Preston Grange, North Shields.

|Fine Fare: There were a fair few of these around Tyneside and beyond. Begun in 1951, the famous brand lasted until 1986.

|Laws Stores: Established late in the Victorian age in the North East, Laws finally called it a day in 1985. …

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